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actually going. that's a picture that's almost 1 1/2 miles akrois. we can see the watery -- formally watery terrain it's going to be moving across. the hills are often the size of three, four, five-story apartment buildings. >> thank you so much for walking us through that. it's good to see you. thanks so much. "anderson kocooper 360" stas right now. >> thanks, ashleigh. paul ryan out with his tax returns. disclosing two years worth. he's put out a year and an estimate. we'll run those numbers shortly. we're going to begin, though, keeping them honest. then sought out and accepted millions of dollars from it. then denied taking the money. finally, acknowledged it happened but suggested that the letters asking for the money were crafted by his staff. today, he took heat for it all on the campaign trail.
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>> what the american idea's all about. >> why did you lie about -- >> who epitomize -- >> that's a heckler in springfield, virginia, tearing up a sign. obviously not a fan. take a look at congressman ryan during the debate over the stimulus. >> we can do better than this. this bill is unworthy of our new president's signature. this is just a long spending wish list. we've all proposed alternatives, not this one. this one won't work. my fear is we're going to make matters worse. >> people are still arguing about that. plenty of big-name republicans began asking for a piece of it. they were talking jobs.
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>> we can create a lot of jobs. most of that in this area. >> he lobbied for stimulus money. what about paul ryan? here's what he said on a boston call-in show in 2010. >> i assume you voted against the stimulus. i'm just curious if you being an septembered any moneys in your district. >> no, i'm not one who votes for something, then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. >> keeping them honest. well, that's simply not true. in 2009, congressman ryan wrote to the departments of energy and labor seeking stimulus money for a pair of local green energy companies. one ended up with more than $20 million. and congressman ryan, who you'll remember, sounded so sweptal that stimulus would create any jobs, he writes that the company in question believes it will, quote, create or retain approximately 7600 new jobs.
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and, quote, i was pleased that the primary objectives of the project will stimulate the local and area economy. at the bottom, sincerely, paul ryan. the existence of these letters has been known since 2010. the story resurfaced on tuesday in boston when someone rediscovered that radio clip with joe from stouten. mr. ryan was asked about it yesterday. >> of course you are also very outspoken against the stimulus, the obama stimulus plan. a report came out again today in the ap. it was a repeat of that "wall street journal" article. where you had asked for stimulus money for your district. is that report accurate? >> i don't recall. i haven't seen this report so i can't comment on it. i oppose the stimulus because it didn't work. >> a short time after that, congressman ryan's office put out a statement suggesting the letter's signed sincerely paul
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were just routine staff work. quote, after having these letters called to my attention, i checked into them and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involviing social security or veteran affairs are handled. they should have been handled differently and i take responsibility for that. a lot to talk about with democratic strategist maria cardona and eric erickson, red state. he said the program didn't create any jobs. it turned out he did ask for stimulus money in 2010 for at least four letters that we know about. his program, some of those programs were actually funded. when he said stimulus doesn't work, one of those letters he wrote to the energy secretary. he talked about the jobs that would be created stimulating the local economy.
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how much of a problem is this in terms of seeming hypocritical to voters? >> you know, i think it's a little bit of a problem for paul ryan. but i remember writing about this at red state in 2010. i'm surprised it's coming up now. it was so out there then. with a number of the republicans who voted against. look, paul ryan is not as conservative as the democrats would like him to be. he voted for t.a.r.p., the general motors bailout, capping ceo pay. he voted against the stimulus in 2009. conservatives may not like it but it's a little bit surprising the democrats are pushing these attacks. i guess on the hypocrisy angle. they seem to not really have a dod cogent argument on paul ryan. >> maria, what do you think of that? do you think this is a symbol of the democrats not having a cogent argument and seeing what stick against him? >> no, i think the opposite.
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what i've seen this week and the risk that the paul ryan pick is actually demonstrating for republicans is it's not just that they handed the democrats and the obama campaign exactly what they've been asking for, which is have this be a choice selection. i think what you've also seen this week with the flip-flop on the stimulus, the flip-flop on medicare in terms of paul ryan bashing the president erroneously i might add cutting $716 billion from medicare when his own budget does that. and then we also see that he voted against a piece of legislation in 2010 that would actually give small businesses more freedom and more money and now he's bashing the obama campaign for restrictions on small businesses. so instead of what -- what the romney campaign wanted of a whole lot of paul ryan rubbing off on mitt romney, we're seeing the opposite.
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a whole lot of mitt romney rubbing off. perhaps this is not somebody we can trust. the same way a lot of voters believed about mitt romney. >> erick, when we were speaking a couple months ago, you and i specifically said this conversation was going to be jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. now we're talking about anything other than jobs. bring it on, we want to talk about medicare. do you think that strategy is wayis a winning strategy, or is it just symbolic of a rough week? >> when you consider the obama administration has done anything but want to talk about medicare this week, we had monday joe biden open his mouth. tuesday, he opened his mouth. then you had some folks who were on a different network drop the "n" word trying to say mitt romney was a racist. thus far, they've gone after income taxes this week, they've
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gone after seamus the dog. now paul ryan possibly being a flip-flopper. they haven't actually engaged on the medicare issue that they've tried to avoid the issues of jobs and medicare. i think they're having a hard time going after paul ryan. >> i would say, i wasn't characterizing it as a rough week. i was asking you if it was a rough week. >> for obama, yes. >> let's talk about -- if you think about much of the conversation on the democratic side was about joe biden. replaying his remarks in front of an audience. talk about being off message and having a lot of the conversation about something. >> yes, i agree. joe biden's remarks were definitely off message. i wish he hadn't used those word. it frankly gives republicans exactly what they want. which is a distrx to not talk about medicare. because i really do think they
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believe that is not a winning argument for them. when joe biden talked about the -- what he should have said in terms of unshackling but he used the unchain word, that was unfortunate -- >> wait, wait, you're not telling me the difference between unshackling and unchained -- >> no. the words he used actually distracted from the message he was trying to deliver. is to put american voters back in the mercy or at the mercy of wall street. and that message was a little bit diluted, given his choice of words. >> there's always next week, that's for sure. >> i would like for both of them to do that. that would be great. thank you, appreciate it.
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income tax returns, less than he provided to the romney campaign for vetting. but more than governor romney's made public so far. we'll tell you what's inside them shortly. we're also going to talk about ryan as a force. we're going to talk about his pros and his cons with our political panel. first, here's joe johns on the rivalry. >> reporter: in politics, it's a formula. generous words of praise for an adversary. president obama and congressman ryan can start out nice but don't end up that way. >> congressman ryan is a decent man. he is a family man. he is an articulate spokesman for romney's vision but it's a vision i fundamentally disagree with. >> reporter: that respectful
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tone has been a constant. the budget battle's in full swing. the president in rare form. taking it to house republicans at their annual retreat. but he softened his tone when it came to paul ryan and his big idea to slash the federal budget. >> i think paul, for example, head of the budget committee, has looked at the budget and has made a serious proposal. >> reporter: a serious proposal. remember those words. >> i've read it. i can tell you what's in it. and there are some ideas in there i would agree with. there are some ideas that we should have a healthy debate about because i don't agree with. >> reporter: at least half joking, the president makes a little reference to the next election, all in good fun. >> in case he's going to get a republican challenge, i didn't mean it. don't want to hurt you, man. >> reporter: but everything changes and, frankly, it was a classic washington grudge match waiting to happen. two intelligent politicians, polar opposites, still with a
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lot in common. both are family men. they're young. president, 51. ryan, 42. each represents the ideological future of their parties. later in the year sure enough, they were taking turns lecturing each other. on the big idea of his administration. though ryan also started out nice enough. >> mr. president, you said health care reform is budget reform. you're right. >> reporter: but it was all downhill from there. >> this bill does not control costs. this bill does not reduce deficits. instead, this bill adds a new health care entitlement at a time when we had no idea how to pay for the entitlements we already have. >> reporter: note the president's facial expression. the president would later lecture congressman ryan on his signature achievement in a speech at george washington university last year with ryan seated in the front row. the president was now ripping up ryan's big house budget idea. >> i believe it paints a vision of our future that is deeply
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pessimistic. it's a vision that says if our roads crumble and our bridges collapse, we can't afford to fix them. that's not right. it's not going to happen as long as i'm president. >> reporter: and by now it was not even a serious idea any longer. >> there's nothing serious or courageous about this plan. nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit on a serious tax cut on millionaires and billionaires. >> reporter: ryan emerged firing back with intensity. >> exploiting people's emotions of fear, envy, and anxiety, is not hope, it's not change, it's partisanship. >> joe johns with us. along with john king and senior political analyst david gergen. john, i'm going to start with you.
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congressman ryan, and i want to talk about the taxes. he's just released his tax return. that's how we started this evening, taking a look at them. saying he never paid less than 13% effective rate. still not going to release less than two years. >> in terms of the rate, he's paid more than his new box governor romney. in 2010, he paid a rate of about 16%. in 2011, last year, he paid a rate of 20%. over those two years, paul ryan made a combined $540,000 total. that's a pretty healthy salary. some of that is from his congressional salary. some of it she inherited from her mother. imagine that, $538,000, paul ryan makes over 2010, 2011. governor romney made $42 million, $42 million in that period. so safe to say governor romney's taxes are a bit more interesting. >> i bet they are. president obama's campaign manager actually said we'd like to see some of those interesting years. in fact, we'll leave it at three additional years. we'll pull off on our attacks. the response was like nice try
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but certainly not going to happen. we've been talking about it now for another day. do you think that the obama campaign is winning on this? do you think that voters even care about this issue? >> i talked to a senior romney adviser tonight who said no, it doesn't hurt. he said it stopped hurting. he made that point, he said, because it's not new information. he said any voters -- this debate's been going on for weeks, if not months. however, soledad, just tonight, pete er hart, very respected pollster. conducts these nonpartisan focus groups. he sent out a men ymo tonight saying he had 12 suburban women in paul ryan's home state. these women did not have nice things to say about president obama either. they said he's weak. he hasn't been will to make tough decisions. on the tax issue, many of them said, what is he hiding? leaders should be more transparent. peter's conclusion on this, and peter does these focus groups like nobody else, was because voters don't know a lot about
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mitt romney, this raised trust. >> you covered ryan on capitol hill for a dozen years or so. democrats really sought to make him the republican budget bad guy i guess is how i would put it. is there a sense they actually got what they wanted? i mean, he seems fine and comfortable playing the attack position. he seems that he makes romney better on the campaign trail. is this a case of, you know, be careful what you wish for because they could benefit from that? >> i think what you see is what you get. ryan's looking for this fight. he said as much today. we also know he can be a very persuasive guy. he got a lot of support on capitol hill for his budget plan. of course the question i think at the end of the day is whether the american people are going to be buying what he's selling. because back a few years ago ryan was a big supporter of president george w. bush's social security plan, which will know went nowhere.
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that tell, ys you it's not easy get the support. >> david gergen, why do you think we're hearing so much from ryan and romney attacking president obama on medicare so intently? is it a good strategy? especially when you were thinking jobs, jobs, jobs, is going to be the strategy? >> i think it's a case of the best defense is a good offense. and they've really gone on offense this week. because they know these attacks are coming. they know that there is an opportunity here for the obama administration to paint them as hard hearted, cruel towards seniors, while they're giving away tax breaks to the upper income. so they're going on offense. so far i think it's working reasonably well from a republican point of view it the ry . the ryan campaign has energized the overall romney effort. paul ryan, the vice presidential candidate, is playing on the
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same level as president obama. almost as if they're equals. of course in normal politics, that's anything but. so in the short term i think they feel they picked up some points on this. it's the long term that really matters. as joe johns said, the real question is how this plays over the long haul. >> that's the $64,000 question, isn't it? president obama's campaign has just responded to all those attacks about medicare with a new ad. >> the nonpartisan cracks down on abuse and strengthens benefits. and the ryan plan? aarp says it will undermine medicare and could lead to higher costs for seniors. >> so, is this a sign, then, that the ryan attacks are working and it's forcing the obama campaign to make ads like that? is it a sign that the president's campaign has, as you were talking about, a great offense in order to defend themselves? which is it?
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>> i think the obama team is on the counteroffense with that. it's a strong ad. they're going to see a lot more of them. conservatives will tell you they don't accept the premise of th ad. aarp is totally partisan. aarp of course did support obama care. there are a number of seniors. has had a lot of fights with aarp on his positions on support for seniors over the years. but i do think what you're going to see from the obama campaign -- they're going to push back. the obama campaign thinks there's pay dirt here. thinks they can put this romney/ryan ticket away on this issue. and the romney people are going to fight really hard, going into the convention, see if they can convince the public. we'll have to see how this plays out. i think it's one of the most interesting questions in a long time. here's what's good for the country. let me add this briefly. in 1992, we had ross perot came into the campaign and put deficits right on the table. remember, he brought those
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charts to larry king? we went and the country made progress on deficits in the next few years. it's -- this is good for the country to have a conversation about medicare now. to see if we can't get to the bottom of of this. let's have a vote. let's see which way we're going to go. >> lots of people thumbing through copies the congressional budget office reports. which cannot be a bad thing it a little boring. thank you. nice to see all of you. appreciate your time this evening. >> thank you. coming up next, a major development in a story we reported exclusively last night on "360." the fatal shooting of a michigan man in a hail of gunfire by police. ♪
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clerk before he got into a standoff with police. here's how it ended. i have to warn you, the video is graphic. [ shooting ] cnn counted the sounds of at least 30 shots on that videotape. hall's family says he suffered from serious mental health issues. lots more happening tonight. gary tuchman joins us now with a "360" bulletin. the united nations has a new point man in syria. annan resigned two weeks ago after failing to reach a cease-fire. accord to the opposition, at least 168 people were killed in syria today, including 40 in and around damascus. india next. big city train stations packed with as many as 7,000 people fleeing cities. that's after students and
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workers from the northeastern state said they received text messages threatening retaliatory attacks for ethnic violence in their state. back home, five people are behind bars in louisiana. in connection with a pair of related shootings that left two sheriff deputies dead and two others wounded. two other suspects have been arrested but are still hospitalized. talk about determination. on sunday, diana niad will begin her fourth try at swimming the 103 miles from cuba to florida. the 62-year-old says this will be her last attempt. she is an amazing role model. we just hope the sharks and the jellyfish stay away. >> we are rooting for her. there is new video tonight that adds to what we know about the fatal shooting of a young man by police -- in police custody is what i'm trying to say. a young man who was in police custody. is it going to answer the question was it suicide or was
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police in jonesboro, arkansas, have released new information in the case of travis carter, the young man who died while in their custody. they've released video from a police cruiser which offers a glimpse of the scene. they also put out a number of videotaped eyewitness interviews. does this new information answer the key question? was carter's death suicide or was it homicide? randi kaye tonight with our report. >> reporter: no one is disputing that travis carter died from a duane shot to the head while in the back seat of a police car in jonesboro, arkansas. the question is who pulled the trigger. police say he committed suicide. >> i've seen some of our people in custody do some amaze things. >> reporter: carter's mother doesn't buy it. she believes jonesboro police
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killed her son. >> i think they killed him. >> reporter: at this point, it's still debatable and still under investigation. here's why. 21-year-old travis carter was handcuffed at the time the fatal shot was fired. double locked behind his back. is it even possible physically to be handcuffed behind your back and somehow pull the trigger on a gun you weren't holding when you were handcuffed? >> for the average person that's never been in handcuffs, would react exactly the same way that you just did. how can that be possible? well, the fact of it is, it's very possible. it's quite easy. >> reporter: travis and two others were pulled over july 29 just before 10:00 p.m. for driving suspiciously. the first officer called for backup. then the two of them searched the car and the trunk.
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they say they found a small amount of marijuana. they did not find a gun. according to the officers, carter was then placed in the back seat of one of the police vehicles. at that point, they say, he was not handcuffed. it wasn't till later when the officers searched the suspect's vehicle and found drug paraphernalia like electronic scales and a large bag of white pou powder that they patted down carter again. only this time, he was handcuffed. how carter managed to shoot himself while handcuffed using a concealed weapon police missed during not one but two searches is a mystery to many. including the fbi who was looking into it. >> in their searching, they find a small bag, $10 worth of marijuana, but they miss a gun? >> apparently. >> reporter: is that disappointing to you? >> yes. >> reporter: the chief says the two men with carter who were white were released. but carter was held back after
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the officers who were also white discovered he'd given them a fake name. there was a warrant for his arrest in mississippi where he skipped out on a drug diversion program. his officers don't know exactly when the fatal shots were fired even though they were just feet away. according to this incident report, one of the officers heard a loud thump with a met metallic sound. don't your officers know the sound of a gun being fired? >> one would think. when those guns are in a confined space, it can be very different. >> reporter: it wasn't till the officers were about to leave when police say one of them smelled something burning in his vehicle. the chief says it was likely gun smoke. that's when police say the officer found travis carter bloody and slumped over in the back seat. the officers say they called an ambulance and tried to revive
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carter. carter's mother says it just doesn't add up. she told reporters her son was shot in the right side of the head but she points out he was left handed. police would only say he was shot in the head it. >> they searched him twice. i mean i just want to know what really happened. >> reporter: theresa carter says her son called his girlfriend from the scene to tell her he'd phone her from jail. which to her raises the question, does that sound like someone planning to commit suicide? in jonesboro, supports have held vigils. like many, they wonder what motive carter had to kill himself. a $10 bag of marijuana. white powder that hasn't tested positive for drugs and is likely sugar. an outstanding warrant. we asked the chief about theresa carter's allegations, that one of his officers pulled the trigger. can you safely say you've ruled that out? >> at this stage in the
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investigation -- certainly a remote possibility but we haven't excluded everything but i feel confident that's not what it is. but i certainly understand how she might feel that way. >> reporter: randy, police in arkansas have now released that dash cam video from the officer's car that night. i know you've had a chance to go through it. what in particular sticks out to you? >> i should point out first that the two squad cars were parked trunk to trunk so they don't capture any video of travis carter in the back seat of the police car. on this video that was released, you see two officers standing around questioning the the two white suspects, who they later let go. you see them about eight minutes into the traffic stop leading travis carter to the squad car unhandcuffed at the time, then he goes out of frame. you hear one officer questioning him, asking him his name, where he's from. he's extremely poll light. he answers yes, sir, no, sir. you don't get any sense of tension at all.
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the officers are polite and calm. and carter is as well. >> so i guess the key question is do you hear the bullet being fired in the audio portion of the tape. >> i watched and listened to that video several times. nowhere on that video or in that audio do you hear the sound of a gunshot or a pop or anywhere that remotely sounds like a bullet being fired. remember, the officered said they didn't recall hearing the gunshot. one thought he heard a pop but thought it was a car going over a piece of metal in the road. >> are there any witnesses who might be able to help get at the truth? >> there are several witnesses. police released several witness interviews. we're not sure -- we should point out -- how many witnesses in all were interviewed. police redacted their information so we don't know who they are. these released interviews today include two african-american and one white witness and not a single witness puts the officers in the car or in the back seat
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with travis carter at the time of the shooting. two of the witnesses remember hearing a gunshot or something that sounded like it. but when asked about where the officers were at that moment, listen to what one witness said. >> and then about 10, 15 minutes after that, we hear a loud pop. i'm like, what is going on. >> you heard a pop? >> it sounded like a gun going off. >> so where were the police officers when you heard this? >> they were standing on the outside of the car. >> when you heard the pop, the doors were open? of the police car? >> the one he had in the back seat wasn't open. >> they were closed? >> yes, sir. >> another witness says he remembers one of the officers opening the door to his squad car and yelling to his partner for help. another thing, soledad, i should point out, you do hear on the tape one of the officers talking about taking travis carter to the county jail, which may speak
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celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor should balance the benefits with the risks. all prescription nsaids, like celebrex, ibuprofen, naproxen, and meloxicam have the same cardiovascular warning. they all may increase the chance of heart attack or stroke, which can lead to death. this chance increases if you have heart disease or risk factors such as high blood pressure or when nsaids are taken for long periods. nsaids, including celebrex, increase the chance of serious skin or allergic reactions or stomach and intestine problems, such as bleeding and ulcers, which can occur without warning and may cause death. patients also taking aspirin and the elderly are at increased risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers. do not take celebrex if you've had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergies to aspirin, nsaids or sulnamides. get help right away if you have swelling of the face or throat, or trouble breathing. tell your doctor your medical history and find an arthritis treatment for you. visit and ask your doctor about celebrex. for a body in motion.
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visit and ask your doctor about celebrex. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. firefighters still have their hands full all across the west. but there's another battle going on as well. the fight to save the pets and the livestock left behind. dan simon has the story. >> reporter: from sheep to al pecas to turkeys to pigs. the washington county fairground
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has turned into a giant animal rescue center. it all began when people were forced to flee their homes. while they went to shelters or to stay with end froms or family, the animals needed a place to go. so the county said they could come here. and since the fire broke out, it's been a temporary home to arizona 4,000 animals. how big of an event has this fire been for this community? >> i can't put it in words. i've never seen anything like it in my nearly 15 years. people have asked me, have you ever done this before. i've gone through training and simulated exercises but doing the real thing is a whole different learning process. >> reporter: mark is the lead veterinarian whose skills became vital in saving some of the injured animals. >> we had reports of a large number of burn victims coming to our triage. we had set up a triage center.
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i had to go take a walk and kind of regroup. and, you know, starting to tear up and -- i said, okay, you got to deal with this and put your emotions aside and, you know, get ready to go. >> reporter: these are the lucky ones. authorities believe many, possibly hundreds, of animals died in the fire. some owners racing to cut their fences to give their livestock or pets a fighting chance. >> hi, hanna. >> reporter: at the local animal hospital, veterinarians are tending to these cats and dogs with burn wounds. >> we're watching for signs of stress, especially in the larger animals, because they tend to get stressed a little bit easier at times. >> reporter: facebook has helped reunite some of the animals here with their owners. elsewhere, authorities believe some are still roaming. >> there are probably still a large number of animals, horses and cattle, running around the county. there's a lot of good samaritans that are finding the animals just out in the field or out in
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the -- the road. we send crews out to get them. >> reporter: kim just moved to town two weeks ago. and was frantic to get her horses to safety. also at stake, her livelihood, raising goats. >> we're with them from the time they're born. then we milk morning, noon and night. >> reporter: the county says the animals can stay indefinitely. the community has stepped up with tons of donations. volen tiss unteers are donating time. >> definitely getting my feet wet. >> reporter: this person recently graduated from veterinary school and accepted a job in alaska. >> normal gut sounds, all four quadrants. >> reporter: she has pushed back her start date to help. tell me why you're doing this. >> i can't imagine not doing this. i don't know -- i took an oath in may. >> reporter: an oath to look after these four legged creatures whose lives were also
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up-ended by this sprawling fire. >> dan simon joins us live now. obviously some of those animals are pets. but others are crucial for li liveliho livelihoods. this is just devastating for the community on all kinds of levels. >> that's exactly right. agricultural and livestock are extremely important to this community. they're vital to the local economy. some of them have been able to go home. as some of the evacuation olds get lifted. others will remain at that shelter as it were till, you know, their owners are able to get the green light and go home as well. before we leave you, i want to give you a quick update on the fire. you can see some of the smoke behind me. they seem to be getting an upper hand on it. they haven't lost any homes in the last couple of day. lightning strikes could happen this weekend so crews will watch it closely. >> dan simon. gary tuchman now with a
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"360" news and business bulletin. >> south africa's president jacob zuma says he's launching an inquiry into the shooting deaths of 34 striking miners. the violence broke out about two hours from johannesburg. tensions over a union dispute have been mounting. progressive insurance offering a settlement. a legal battle that played out over social media. it started with a post saying, quote, my sister paid progressive insurance to defend her killer in court. progressive admitted participating in the defense. tonight, whitney houston's final film hits the big screen. the remake of the 1970s cult classic "sparkle" follows the p ups and downs of an all girl group in detroit. comie ining up next, why is penguin in someone's apartment? there's a good chance booze is
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tonight, the number one pick of riduculist videos featuring people who do dumb, illegal or wacky things. it's all thanks to viewers who cast their votes this weekend, the antics of a few tanked up guys in australia. >> time now for the riduculist. tonight, we're adding the case of the purloined penguin. the feckless and the flightless.
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three drunk guys stole a penguin from the sea world in australia. these brainians got a whole penguin, marched it back to their apartment. and being in their late teen, as well as bombed out of their minds, they captured the moment on video pofor posterity. >> hello, mr. penguin. >> i can't believe i have a penguin in my apartment, man. >> that's when they woke up h g hungover and realized they stole a penguin. they also videotaped themselves engaging in a little dwi. diving while intoxicated. >> that's not all they did that night. >> i'm going in there, man. >> still undetected by sea world security, they swam with the dolphins. >> yo, look at them. penguins -- better -- >> amazing. >> they swam with the dolphins. look, might as well. i mean, you're there, right? it's nighttime, you're wasted,
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why not? now that the police have that video, it's undeniable proof they did that on poipurse. we had to pretape this because you know how many times it took me to say poipurse correctly? they did it on purpose. on poi -- i can't say it. on poipurse. they did it on purpose. poipurse. on purpose. that they did it on poi -- [ laughter ] poipurse. i was there. i did have it. poipurse. put it back. poipurse. on poipurse. poi. not poor. on poipurse. sometimes it's not easy doing this job. look, don't want to encourage this kind of behavior. you have to admit from a standpoint of epic drunk and ventures, it kind of rivals the movie "the hangover."
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[ lion growling ] >> ha. tiger. [ lion growling ] >> ha! >> he's not kidding. there's a tiger in there. >> no, there isn't. >> yeah! >> how does a tiger get in the bathroom? it almost killed me. >> hey, bro, you mind putting on some pants? i find it weird i have to ask twice. >> pants at a time like this. >> get back to the drunk guys who turned sea world into their own private studio 54. they panicked and let the penguin go in a nearby waterway. he was eventually rescued. it also happened to be a love story. not for the drunk guys. for dirk, the penguin. dirk had another reason not to stray too far. his partner, peaches. while she's been somewhat coy this morning, no doubt she, too, is relieved to see him again. >> dirk and peaches. reunited and it feels so good. dirk and peaches. the guy,


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